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Wood Source Secure for Harmac


May 22, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Harmac pulp mill won’t have to worry about its wood fibre supply at least for the time being, Nanaimo Daily Ne…

The Harmac pulp mill won’t have to worry about its wood fibre supply at least for the time being, Nanaimo Daily News has reported.

Western Forest Products remains a key supplier for the mill, and it’s recent request of bankruptcy courts to remove the responsibility of supplying fibre to Harmac raised concerns about the stability of the source. Despite that the mill is currently in a soft shutdown, new owners for the Harmac facility are being sought. Not having a reliable wood fibre source will render this task even more difficult.

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The Nanaimo Daily News reported Bob Smiley, treasurer of Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada, Local 8, representing Harmac’s 530 laid-off workers, as saying the union was relieved when the courts did not grant Canfor’s request to terminate its supply requirements to the Mackenzie pulp mill.

“The Mackenzie pulp mill’s situation is very similar to Harmac’s so it’s expected we’ll be treated the same by the courts,” Nanaimo Daily News reported him as saying.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, the interim receiver for Pope & Talbot’s Canadian assets under bankruptcy, is searching for buyers for both the Harmac and Mackenzie mills.


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